Eliana Liotta
La Nave di Teseo
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Prove di felicità. 25 idee riconosciute dalla scienza per vivere con gioia

Happiness is a gift we should give ourselves. After all, we deserve it.
It is said that we are born to suffer, but studies prove that human history advances in pursuit of joy, our life principle. This is evidenced by art, music, falling in love. A full smile is the best identifiable expression on the face: perhaps because those who can recognize it find a friend, and friends train good humor. A hug sedates stress, having lunch in company stimulates the production of endorphins. With the closeness of others, cascading, the risks of depression, heart disease, and hypertension drop.
The new essay by Eliana Liotta, author of the bestsellers Age Is Not the Same for Everyone and The Smartfood Diet, suggests 25 ideas for trying to live joyfully: they are Trials of Happiness. For the first time, a book brings together relevant scientific evidence on the topic, feedback from laboratories and population surveys. And for the first time, doctors and researchers from a major scientific institute and university hospital, San Raffaele in Milan, are collaborating on a project that explores an unquantifiable yet essential ingredient in a person’s health.
Trials of happiness are the attempts that each of us can experience. Individual gestures, sometimes simple actions that can teach us to derive satisfaction from everyday life. Despite difficulties, losses, illnesses. Happiness is a choice and is in our gaze.
But chemistry matters, too. Our mood is like a palace, whose pillars are nothing but combinations of atoms and whose building blocks are proteins and hormones, foremost among them serotonin. Even at the dinner table we can cultivate happiness by choosing foods that influence smiles and body well-being: happyfoods.